WHAT IS CBD OIL (CANNABIDIOL)?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of 100+ cannabinoids found in the hemp plant. As we’ve discovered more about the human species and our relationship with plants we’ve tapped into the immense health value that CBD brings to the table. It has been historically a staple supplement for millions and is now reserging and being used by those who seek a natural alternative to dangerous pharmaceuticals, many prefer the more natural cannabinoids for personal use.
Sublingual CBD Oils – also known as CBD Tinctures or CBD Hemp Oil – are the most popular type of CBD products, because of their high bioavailability and rapid absorption under the tongue. There are many other kinds of products as well, including edibles, topicals etc. CBD products have gained immense popularity in health and wellness circles thanks to their natural support of our endocannabinoid system (ECS).
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF CBD?
It’s important to note that humans are at the beginning of deeper studies into the hemp plant and still learning what all the plant contains and how it can be used.many Some studies are better than others, so be diligent with your research and find good sources.
While research into the effects of CBD on specific conditions is crucial, it is important to first understand the relationship between CBD and the brain/body in order to understand how this compound works. Interestingly, many of the conditions that are supposedly helped by CBD have no well-understood cause, everything from acne to Alzheimer’s disease. However, one of the few common denominators between these conditions is the involvement of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) in their causes. The ECS is responsible for setting the baseline activity levels of our immune system and nervous system, like the master regulator which works to maintain our health. When the ECS falls out of balance, the systems that are regulated by it can begin to malfunction. CBD promotes the normal health and function of the endocannabinoid system, so it’s possible that CBD can help to alleviate the symptoms of conditions that are caused by dysfunction of the endocannabinoid system.
HOW ARE CBD PRODUCTS FORMULATED?
CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of 100+ cannabinoids contained in the hemp plant. CBD is produced by the leaves and flowers of female hemp plants. Hemp is defined as all cannabis plants with less than 0.3% THC by weight. This is the current legal definition. Because hemp has such low THC levels, it is non-psychoactive by definition.
While CBD can be extracted from other non-hemp varieties of the plant, hemp-derived CBD is less restricted by the government because the plant itself has inherently low levels of THC. CBD from hemp is legal for sale in most US states, while CBD products derived from non-hemp varieties can contain noticeable amounts of THC, and are therefore subject to stricter laws and regulations.
CBD and other cannabinoids are produced by the hemp plant because of their unique aromatic and antioxidant activities, which protect the plant from insects, fungus, bacteria, and changes in the environment. They contribute to the unique taste and smell of each individual plant.
WHAT IS THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF CBD FOR ME?
While most supplements have a single recommended dose, CBD is different. The amount of CBD you take depends on your doctor’s recommendations and your own research into how CBD will work for your unique needs. In general, it’s smart to start with a medium dose of CBD. This way, you can increase or decrease the dose as needed. In addition, it’s recommended to start with one half ML (half a dropper) of CBD oil, because you can always take more if needed.
As always, consult with your doctor or a healthcare professional before adding CBD to your supplement regimen.